Many states allow substitutes or let students opt out
- Physical education is required among elementary schools in 78 percent of the nation, or 39 of 50 states. But only 37 percent of states—19—require a specific minute, hour or other time duration.
- Only 10 states prohibit withholding physical activity as a penalty for students. Thirteen states prohibit using physical activity as a form of punishment.
- The median physical education budget for schools was $764 per school per year.
- More than half the states, 30, allow student exemptions from physical education class; just as many states, 31, allow students to substitute activities such as marching band, cheerleading, drill team, or intramural sports for physical education credit.